Marinades are a very quick and easy way to add flavor to your meals. Simply combine a fat (say extra virgin olive oil or canola), with an equal part or slightly less amount of an acid (Greek yogurt or lemon juice for example) along with seasonings like red pepper flakes or thyme) and you’ve got yourself a tailor-made flavor enhancer. It’s fun to experiment with different marinade flavor combinations. Mustard, which contains vinegar, plays well with olive oil, a bit of honey and your favorite herbs. Buttermilk and Greek yogurt each contain acid and fat, so you can quickly whip up a marinade by just adding your seasonings.
The marinade in the recipe below can be paired with just about any kind of seafood, but the flavors work especially well with salmon.
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Recipe courtesy of Oldways
This fragrant marinade can be paired with just about any kind of seafood, but these flavors work really well with salmon.
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon crushed red chili pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
4 salmon steaks, each about 4 ounces
Crush the garlic with the salt in a mortar or mash it with a fork in a small bowl. Add the chili pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice and continue mashing to form a smooth paste.
Arrange the fish in a baking dish and spread the marinade on top. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Uncover the fish and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
Nutrition Information: Calories 270, Fat 12g (Sat. fat 2g), Sodium 330mg, Carbohydrates 2g, Fiber 1g, Protein 17g